Frequently Asked Questions

Why is it important to get involved?

There are lots of benefits to getting involved including, but not limited to:

  • Helps a large institution feel smaller
  • Figure out one’s calling or career path
  • Admission to school/college, graduate school & scholarship opportunities 
  • Increases chance for internships and other leadership opportunities
  • More likely to stay in college
  • Eligible for Leadership Certificate Program
  • Gain skills & abilities that make one more marketable to future employers 

How many things should I get involved in?

Every student is different in terms of what they are able to commit to outside of course work and other obligations.  We recommend students who are new to campus try to get involved in two things: one thing they had been involved with before coming to campus and one thing that is a completely new experience for them. 

When is the best time to get involved? 

While it’s never too late to get involved, however 67% of first year students wished they had been more involved after their first semester on-campus.*

Will being involved negatively affect my grades?

Over 90 % of UW students surveyed stated their grades were either not affected or went up from being involved.*

Can involvement help me academically?

69 % of UW students surveyed stated they gained experience/skills relevant to their academic major.*

Can involvement help me in the “real world”?

85 % of UW students surveyed stated involvement provided skills and abilities that will be used after college.*

What if I can’t find what I’m looking for?

Create it!  For example, it only takes four students and a constitution to start a new student organization on-campus. Click here to learn more about eligibility.

What have UW students surveyed gained from being involved?

  • 94 % Met people who they otherwise would not have met*
  • 78 % Satisfaction with collegiate experience*
  • 78 % Communication skills*
  • 75 % Ability to work as a team*
  • 70 % Self-confidence*
  • 67 % Leadership skills*
  • 64 % Time management skills*
  • 61 % Critical thinking/problem-solving skills*
*Based on UW-Madison’s 2012 NASPA Consortium Campus Activity Student Survey Data.

Are you a parent or guardian with more specific questions?  Please check out our Parent Resources page